2018 NASPA Student Affairs Fundraising Conference

July 26 – July 28, 2018
University at Albany, SUNY | Albany, NY

The purpose of the 2018 NASPA Student Affairs Fundraising Conference is to share and exchange strategies, ideas, and resources, and to discuss issues related to student affairs fundraising and external relations. The conference promotes an exchange of best practices. It is designed for professionals who currently have development responsibilities specifically in student affairs and for professionals with backgrounds and experience in either student affairs or development.

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The 2018 NASPA Student Affairs Fundraising & External Relations Conference is sponsored by NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education as a three-day professional development forum for professionals with specific fundraising, development, and donor communication responsibility for student affairs divisions. The primary audience includes prospective, aspiring and seasoned development professionals; new and seasoned student affairs professionals with roles connected to fundraising and external relations; and senior student affairs officers. The conference facilitates an exchange of strategies, ideas, and resources between participants regarding fundraising for student affairs. Conference educational sessions promote an exchange of best practices. 

To view the last conference's proceedings, take a look at the website or the program book. Learn more about this event's history and our 2018 host below.

  • Conference History

    The conference is co-sponsored by the NASPA Student Affairs Fundraising and External Relations Knowledge Community (KC). The vision of the KC is to enable NASPA members to develop fundraising knowledge and skills to enhance programs and services for Student Affairs at their individual institutions. The KC provides a professional home within NASPA for professionals working in, or connected to, student affairs development and external relations. The KC provides senior student affairs officers with a place to connect for the latest fundraising trends and strategies.

    Previous Conference host institutions include University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University (2005); University of South Carolina (2006); University of Illinois (2007); Georgia Tech (2008); University of Florida (2009); University of Missouri (2010); University of Utah (2011); University of Louisville (2012), Louisiana State University (2013), University of Houston (2014), and the Ohio State University (2016).

  • About our 2018 Host: University at Albany

    A comprehensive public research university, the University at Albany offers more than 120 undergraduate majors and minors and 125 master's, doctoral, and graduate certificate programs. UAlbany is a leader among all New York State colleges and universities in such diverse fields as atmospheric and environmental sciencesinformatics, public administrationsocial welfare, and sociology taught by an extensive roster of faculty experts. It also offers expanded academic and research opportunities for students through an affiliation with Albany Law School. With a curriculum enhanced by 600 study-abroad opportunities, UAlbany launches great career.

Networking & Donor Reception

In addition to the extensive professional development the 2018 NASPA Student Affairs Fundraising Conference offers, the conference committee is excited to once again host a Networking & Donor Reception on Thursday, July 26 from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. The evening will include light hors d’ouevres, a cash bar, and an opportunity to network with conference attendees.

The reception will take place at the University's Art Museum. Learn more about some of the exhibits that will be on display here and here.

Each conference attendee is encouraged to invite up to two (2) of their local alumni, prospects, and/or donors. As you begin to reach out to alumni, prospects, or donors, please utilize the button below to submit their information. You can always go back in to edit your response should your guest list change or you need to add/remove someone. Please note, the committee will ask for a finalized guest list closer to the event.

Submit Prospect Information Here

In the past, some attendees have considered this specific event as a prospect visit and have coupled donor cultivation funding and professional development funding to finance their conference expenses.


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2018 NASPA Student Affairs Fundraising Conference


This event is most likely to influence these groups.

  • AVP or “Number Two”
  • Vice President for Student Affairs
  • Mid-Level
  • Senior Level
  • New Professional


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The schedule was designed to provide participants with interactive and engaging programming, opportunities for deeper discussion, and networking. You can find details for various workshops, presenters, and abstracts to the right. For a printable conference program book, click the button below.

The schedule is subject to minor changes.

Full Schedule

Thu, Jul 26

7:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Registration Check-In Open
Please check-in with a NASPA staff member upon arrival to obtain your name badge, program book, and other program information.
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Pre-Conference Workshops
Additional registration required to attend
Fundamentals of Fundraising
Taking Your Student Affairs Program to the Next Level
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Conference Welcome & Opening Keynote
2:20 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions I
Beyond Scholarships: Setting Goals Aligned With your Needs
Commercialization in Student Affairs: How Corporate Partnerships can Build Community
It’s all about the Base: Using Annual Giving to Build a Pipeline for Success in Student Affairs Development
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions II
A Statue, a Garden, and a Cannon Walk into a….
Growing Community Partnerships in Support of First-generation and Underrepresented Minority Populations
Leveraging Technology to Build a Robust Student Philanthropy Program
4:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions III
Developing Endowments for Special Populations when Development Office Support is not Available
Fundraising Essentials Primer
Positioning Student Affairs for Campaign
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Networking & Donor Reception

Fri, Jul 27

7:45 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Registration & Exhibitor Tables Open
7:45 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast (Provided)
8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Morning Keynote Speaker
10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Idea Accelerator
During this time, participants will engage with one another in brainstorming, action planning, and evaluating potential challenges and solutions to their fundraising efforts
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Lunch & Plenary Fundraising Panel (Provided)
After you've had a chance to chat with your colleagues over a great meal, we'll be joined by three vice presidents from three varying institution types to discuss their perspective on fundraising.
1:50 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.
Concurrent Sessions IV
Lessons Learned from Pilot Fundraising Campaign for Muslim Community Meals during Ramadan
Leveraging In-Person and Virtual Career Programming to Cultivate a Network of Supporters
Raising 4, 6, and 8 Figure Major Gifts
3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Toolbox Sessions I
30 minute sessions designed to give participants actionable ideas and tools to take back to their campus. Presenters will share ideas for 20 minutes followed by 10 minutes for questions.
Connecting Alumni and Student Experiences
The "Why" in Student Affairs Fundraising
3:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Toolbox Sessions II
30 minute sessions designed to give participants actionable ideas and tools to take back to their campus. Presenters will share ideas for 20 minutes followed by 10 minutes for questions.
What we Know and What we Don't about Alumni Donors: A Review of Contemporary Research
4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Optional Campus Tour
5:30 p.m.
Optional No-Host Dinner Groups

Sat, Jul 28

7:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Registration Check-in Open
7:45 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast (Provided)
8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions V
Building your Bridges
Powerful Partnerships for Parent/Family Fundraising
Raising the Bar to Benefit Students
10:05 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Closing Keynote Speaker

Pre-Conference Programs & Events

Pre-conference workshops for the conference are listed below. There is an additional registration fee to attend pre-conference workshops, and they may be added to your conference registration at any time.

Fundamentals of Fundraising

Thursday, July 26th • 09.00 AM – 12.00 PM

Many colleges and universities lack a fundraising professional dedicated to student affairs development. This pre-conference will provide an overall understanding of fundraising on campus and specific ideas to implement for all student affairs leaders. Presenters will explore: uniqueness of fundraising in student affairs; donor/prospect portfolio development; utilizing campus resources; making the ask/major gifts; fundraising with your vice president; and donor involvement strategies.

Taking Your Student Affairs Program to the Next Level

Thursday, July 26th • 09.00 AM – 12.00 PM

Fundraising within student affairs divisions is an emerging job function of vice presidents, associate vice presidents, deans, and directors. Many divisions are also hiring directors of development or partnering with their institution’s development office to solicit donations for student affairs projects. This pre-conference will provide all levels of student affairs professionals with the knowledge necessary to assess their fundraising program and to take it to the next level of a divisional culture of donor cultivation which impacts your strategic priorities.


Registration as a member is based on your individual membership status. For more details on member statuses check here.

  • If you are employed by a college or university that is a NASPA institutional member, you can join as an individual member at the $75 rate.
  • If your institution is NOT a member, then you will need to join at the associate affiliate rate of $242.

For questions about membership and to check if your institution is a current member, contact our membership team at 202-265-7500.

For information on group rates and registration policies, please click the Registration Policies button.

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Registration Fees

Early Bird
before 05/18/2018
05/19/2018 to 06/22/2018
after 06/23/2018
NASPA Member
NASPA Student Member
Pre-Conference Workshop


Tonya Murphy
Assistant Director of Constituent Experience
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Phone: 202-265-7500 ext. 1183

Jake Frasier
Assistant Director of Educational Programs
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Phone: 202-719-1180


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Cancellation:  The cancellation deadline to receive a refund is May 18, 2018, less a $50.00 administrative fee.  No refunds will be given after the deadline for any reason.  All requests for cancellation and refunds must be in writing and sent to refund@naspa.org.

Group Registration Discount: NASPA offers a discount for members registering in groups of two or more individuals from a single institution. To apply for this discount send a request in writing to events@naspa.org prior to applying payment to registration orders. Please include all registrants’ full names, the institution name, and the title of the event. The membership department will follow up for any additional information required and provide a personalized discount code each member of your group can use when processing payment.

Purchase Orders: NASPA does NOT accept purchase orders as a form of payment. For registrants requiring an invoice to have a check payment processed, please use the Bill Me payment method to complete your registration. The resulting invoice can be found and downloaded under the My NASPA section of the website (must be logged-in), by selecting the View Invoices link from the dropdown menu. Alternatively, email a request to Membership to have a PDF of your invoice sent to you. Bill Me registrations are considered complete and will hold your place in an event, however the balance due must be settled prior to attending.

Click here to view NASPA’s complete Payment Policies and Procedures.

Substitutions: Substitutions are allowed by individuals within the same institution/company. Substitutions should have the same member classification so that the payment is an even exchange transfer of payment. Please email your request for the substitute attendee to events@naspa.org. 

Additional Questions? Please contact the NASPA office at 202-265-7500 or via e-mail to events@naspa.org


  • Isaac W. K. Thweatt

    Isaac W. K. Thweatt

    Executive Director of Individual Giving
    Columbia University - Columbia Business School

    Speaker Bio

  • DeShanna Brown, Ed.D.

    DeShanna Brown, Ed.D.

    Director of Development
    Louisiana State University

    Speaker Bio

  • Marybeth Gasman, Ph.D.

    Marybeth Gasman, Ph.D.

    Judy & Howard Berkowitz Professor of Education
    University of Pennsylvania

    Speaker Bio


If you would like to sponsor the 2018 NASPA Student Affairs Fundraising Conference please fill out the exhibitor application form and e-fax back all pages to 202-204-8443 or scan and e-mail to kjerde@naspa.org by June 22, 2018. Questions? Contact Kristie Jerde by phone at 218-280-7578 or via email at kjerde@naspa.org.


University at Albany
Albany, NY

Conference Events

All conference workshops, keynotes, and receptions will occur on-campus at the University at Albany. For a detailed campus map, please click here.

Shuttle Service

Shuttle service between the confernece hotel and the Campus Center, and between the Campus Center and reception at the conference. In addition, shuttle service will be provided to the Albany airport on Saturday, July 28. This shuttle is generously being provided by University at Albany, and will run on the following schedule:

Hotel Accomodations

NASPA has arranged special room rates for conference attendees at the Fairfield Inn Albany University Area starting at $129/night (not including 14% state and local taxes). The cut-off date to receive the conference room rate was Wednesday, July 4, 2018.

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